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Rishi Sunak Joins The Race To Be The 1st Indian Origin British PM; Draws Ire and Support


After Rishi Sunak resigned as Chancellor of the Exchequer, the UK was thrown into a political crisis, which led to Boris Johnson’s resignation. He is part of the British Conservative Party and is set to take part in the race to possibly become the first Indian-origin British Prime Minister.


Rishi Sunak

Ex-British PM Boris Johnson


Who is Rishi Sunak?

Rishi Sunak was born to Indian parents in the UK. His mother was a pharmacist while his father worked as a General Practitioner (GP) with the UK’s National Health Services (NHS). His father holds degrees from Oxford University and Stanford University. He married Akshata Murthy, the daughter of the Indian IT billionaire Narayan Murthy. Together they have two daughters, Krishna and Anoushka.

Rishi Sunak

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Rishi Sunak served as Chancellor of the Exchequer in the Boris Johnson administration. As a Member of Parliament (MP), he represents Richmond (Yorks). He is one of the Conservative Party’s most prominent members. He made his parliamentary debut in 2015 and quickly ascended party ranks. Moreover, he was one of the foremost voices in favour of Brexit.

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However, before entering politics, he worked in his mother’s pharmacy and helped it to grow multifold. The pharmacy went on to grow into a big business. Moreover, he has co-founded a billion-pound global investment firm which specialises in funding small businesses.

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Image Source: DNA India

Rishi Sunak’s Announcement

Earlier on July 8, 2022, Rishi Sunak announced that he would be contending for the role of the British Prime Minister. He had announced his entry into the race through a video on Twitter. If he wins, he will be the first Indian-origin personality to be the British Prime Minister. However, his tweet was met with opposition and support from netizens.

Which other Indian origins are in the PM race?

Rishi Sunak may not be the only Indian-origin person to be contending for the seat of the PM. Along with him, two other prominent Indian-origin personalities are eyeing the seat of the PM. Goa-born Attorney General in the British Cabinet, Suella Braverman and ex-Home Minister Priti Patel have shown hints that they would join the race for the position of Prime Minister.

Suella Braverman left and Priti Patel right Image Source DNA India

Suella Braverman (left) and Priti Patel (right)
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Referecnes: DNA India and NDTV

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